SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C – 19th / 20th February, 2022

The disciples are told to act toward their enemies in a way exactly opposite of which they themselves are treated; they are not to retaliate in kind. Their love should not be mere passive acceptance, but an active love. Four examples of such love are given. Whether attacked or insulted by a blow to the cheek, one must resist retaliation. This same extravagance is shown in one’s willingness to surrender an undergarment when an outer cloak is taken. The disciples are told to give unquestioningly when asked and not to demand the return of items taken. Such behaviour may appear excessive, but it illustrates the extremes to which one must be willing to love enemies. Finally, the way the disciples treat others will be the standard for the way they are treated by God.